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The Icarus Line Must Die: Watch The Teaser Trailer, World Premiere in L.A. This Weekend

Michael Grodner's The Icarus Line Must Die is set to have its World Premiere when it opens La’s Non Plussed Fest on July 14th. To mark the occasion Screen Anarchy was sent the trailer and a number of images which you may peruse below. You will find more info about the fest and ticket information here. The Icarus Line Must Die is a narrative feature inspired by the No Wave films of the late seventies/early eighties and explores the La underground music scene. The film tracks Joe Cardamone, front man of The Icarus Line, as he navigates his way through the ups and downs of the modern music landscape. Ariel Pink, Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks) and Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight) are...

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‘The Icarus Line Must Die’ Trailer: Punk’s Not Dead (Yet) in Rocking Fact Meets Fiction Drama — Watch

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‘The Icarus Line Must Die’ Trailer: Punk’s Not Dead (Yet) in Rocking Fact Meets Fiction Drama — Watch
Joe Cardamone knows a thing or two about being in a lauded band with trouble and tragedy to spare. The former frontman of The Icarus Line, once billed by The Guardian as no less than “the greatest rock group of the 21st century,” struck out on his own back in 2015, so it’s only fitting that Michael Grodner’s narrative feature — appropriately titled “The Icarus Line Must Die” — will have its world premiere later this month after first starting filming that same year.

Di”The Icarus Line Must Die” is a narrative feature inspired by the No Wave films of the late ’70s and early ’80s and explores the La underground music scene. The film tracks Cardamone as a veiled version of himself — also a guy named Joe, also the frontman of a band called The Icarus Line — as he navigates his way through the ups and downs of the modern music landscape.
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Tribeca Review: ‘A Thousand Junkies’ is a Pitch-Black, Personal Comedy

Punctuated with banter about the best places to score, which gas station bathroom is the best for shooting up, which neighborhoods have cops roaming, where in downtown can one get a bag of coke on a tight budget, and from whom can they steal to score the next fix, Tommy Swerdlow’s pitch-black slice of life A Thousand Junkies is a bleak, yet engaging look at a day in the life of three junkie friends. Simultaneously absurd, playful, and horrific, Trainspotting this is not.

Told as a matter-of-fact buddy comedy, the film is inspired by the real-life struggles of its stars. Director Tommy Swerdlow and co-writer Tj Bowen, along with friend Blake Heron, play Tommy, Tj and Blake, respectively, three guys that met randomly. Tommy is a successful screenwriter who occasionally uses his contacts for “get well,” a term they use to score a fix so that they can function.
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Chuck: Liev Schreiber Takes On Troubled Boxing Great Chuck Wepner -- Interview

  • LRM Online
It would be tough finding a harder working actor than Liev Schreiber who has successfully transitioned from supporting roles in movies to his very own TV show, playing fixer Ray Donovan on the Showtime series for five seasons. He’s received four Golden Globe nominations and two Emmy nominations playing that role.

In between seasons he’s found the time to make Chuck, a movie about the famed “Bayonne Brawler,” Chuck Wepner, whose career was documented in the Espn “30 for 30” doc, The Real Rocky. Besides being the New Jersey Heavyweight Champion in the ‘70s, Wepner famously went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali, but his somewhat tragic story was also the inspiration for Sylvester Stallone to make Rocky.

The movie, directed by Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar), recreates Chuck’s family life with his second wife Phyllis (Elisabeth Moss) and daughter. It then shows how his brush with fame led to drinking and
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Chuck Trailer: The True Story Behind Rocky Balboa

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Chuck Trailer: The True Story Behind Rocky Balboa
IFC has released the first trailer for its upcoming biopic Chuck, which is set to hit theaters on May 5. While many fans may not know Chuck Wepner by name, the New Jersey boxer served as the inspiration for Sylvester Stallone's iconic character Rocky Balboa. Liev Schreiber stars as Wepner, whose extraordinary true story is told for the first time on the big screen.

Chuck Wepner was a liquor salesman from New Jersey who went 15 rounds with the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali. In his ten years in the ring, Wepner endured two knockouts, eight broken noses, and 313 stitches. But his toughest fights were outside the ring: an epic life of drugs, booze, wild women, incredible highs and extraordinary lows in IFC's biopic.

Liev Schreiber is joined by an all-star cast that also includes Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss, Ron Perlman, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Rapaport and Pooch Hall, with
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Emma Watson and Tom Hanks’ ‘The Circle’ to Premiere at 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Emma Watson and Tom Hanks’ ‘The Circle’ to Premiere at 2017 Tribeca Film Festival
The world premiere of James Ponsoldt’s “The Circle,” starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, and a starry reunion screening of the first two films in “The Godfather” trilogy are among the notable additions to the feature film slate at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Tribeca Film Festival Unveils 2017 Feature Film Slate (Full List)

The Circle” will debut in a gala screening at Tribeca ahead of its April 28 release from Stx Entertainment. Based on the novel by Dave Eggers, the movie stars Watson (“Beauty and the Beast”) as a young woman hired at a giant Silicon Valley tech and social media company founded by a guru played by Hanks. John Boyega and Bill Paxton also are among the cast of the film co-written with Eggers by director Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now,” “The End of the Tour”).

The 2017 edition of Tribeca will close with a marathon screening of “The Godfather” and
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Twin Peaks: The Original Series, Fire Walk with Me & The Missing Pieces

David Lynch and Mark Frost's 1990 TV series looks better than ever, while the 1992 feature prequel digs deeper in Laura Palmer's unpleasant final days without as many rewards. CBS's 9-disc retrospective is a setup for the highly awaited series continuation -- delayed by 25 years. Twin Peaks: The Original Series, Fire Walk with Me & The Missing Pieces Blu-ray CBS / Paramount 1990 & 1992 / Color / 1:37 flat full frame & 1:78 widescreen / 25 hours + 134 min. / Street Date September 20, 2016 / 72,99 Starring (series) Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn, Ray Wise, Sheryl Lee, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer, Warren Frost, Peggy Lipton, James Marshall, Everett McGill, Jack Nance, Joan Chen, Piper Laurie, Kimmy Robertson, Eric Da Re, Harry Goaz, Michael Horse,Russ Tamblyn, Kenneth Welsh, Wendy Robie, Miguel Ferrer, David Lynch, Heather Graham, Dan O'Herlihy, Billy Zane, James Booth, Michael Parks, Lenny von Dohlen, Hank Worden, David Duchovny, Walter Olkewicz, Jane Greer, David L. Lander,
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Tiff 2016 Film Acquisition Rundown: IFC Films Picks Up ‘The Bleeder,’ XLrator Media Buys ‘Salt And Fire’ And More

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Tiff 2016 Film Acquisition Rundown: IFC Films Picks Up ‘The Bleeder,’ XLrator Media Buys ‘Salt And Fire’ And More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our special edition of Tiff-only buys, just as the annual fall festival is wrapping up in the Far North.

IFC Films has announced that the company has acquired U.S. rights to Philippe Falardeau’s “The Bleeder.” The film, directed by Falardeau and written by Jeff Feurzeig and Jerry Stahl, stars Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss and Naomi Watts. The feature had its world premiere at the 2016 Venice Film Festival followed by its North American premiere in Toronto this week.

It is “is the true story of Chuck Wepner, the man who inspired the billion-dollar film series Rocky—a liquor salesman from New Jersey who went 15 rounds with the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali. In his ten years in the ring, Wepner endured two knockouts, eight broken noses, and 313 stitches. But his toughest fights were outside
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The Bleeder Review [Tiff 2016]

The Bayonne Bleeder – Jersey’s own Chuck Wepner – might be a Garden State boxing legend, yet Philippe Falardeau’s The Bleeder lacks his face-splitting determination. This is a boxing dramedy less worried about the actual matches, and more focused on telling the zany story of Wepner’s egotistical squanderings (from booze to hard drugs to loose women). Falardeau’s coke-fueled vision is never a dull one, it’s just a rags-to-pretend-riches story that struggles to differentiate itself from a billion other biopics of the same self-destructive nature. Wepner slugs, swills and sins his way to iconic mediocrity, leaving a trail of white, powdery dust in his wake – but the party-dramatics feel all-too familiar, because we’ve seen them time and time again.

Liev Schreiber stars as Chuck Wepner, Bayonne, New Jersey’s own thick-headed boxer celebrity. After a string of victories, Wepner finds himself slated to face-off against a young Muhammed Ali,
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Toronto: IFC, Showtime Pick Up ‘The Bleeder’ Starring Liev Schreiber

Toronto: IFC, Showtime Pick Up ‘The Bleeder’ Starring Liev Schreiber
IFC Films has picked up “The Bleeder,” a drama about Chuck Wepner, a journeyman boxer whose 15-round battle with Muhammad Ali inspired the “Rocky” franchise.

Showtime has partnered on the pact and will be the exclusive pay-tv home for the film following its theatrical release in spring 2017. An acquisitions price was not announced.

The film stars Liev Schreiber as Wepner, whose heroics in the ring gained him some notoriety, but whose brush with fame also led to low points involving cocaine, booze and women. “The Bleeder” screened at the Venice and Toronto films festivals.

Reviews for the picture were positive, with Variety‘s Guy Lodge praising the performances and writing that “The Bleeder” is a “familiar but affecting boxing biopic.”

Philippe Falardeau (“The Good Lie”) directs from a script by Jeff Feuerzeig and Jerry Stahl. Avi Lerner’s Millennium Films financed the film. The movie co-stars “Mad Men’s” Elisabeth Moss,
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Tiff 2016: 9 Hot Acquisition Titles at Festival

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Tiff 2016: 9 Hot Acquisition Titles at Festival
Few film festivals in the world double as an acquisitions marketplace quite like the Toronto International Film Festival, which will screen more than 300 movies between September 8 and September 18. Most of these films have yet to land a U.S. distributor, and only a select group of titles will secure a distribution deal before the end of the fest.

Which movies are likely to be swarmed by buyers at Tiff 2016? Here are nine hot titles from the lineup that could be prime targets for acquisition execs.

The Bad Batch

Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s follow-up to her hit debut “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” is billed as a “dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland.” The film follows a young girl named Samantha (Suki Waterhouse) who’s been banished from civilized society and ends up escaping from a community of cannibals. Produced by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the film stars Keanu Reeves,
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[Venice Review] The Bleeder

The Bleeder looks a bit familiar. A film of browns and greens; disco music and ‘70s rock tunes; big haircuts and even bigger lapels. Indeed, in a way reminiscent of recent period efforts such as Black Mass and David O. Russell’s last two outings, The Bleeder is drenched in that particular decade’s elaborate trappings. It also owes a lot to the school of Scorsese, complete with wise-guy narration, east-coast working-class lilts, and a sense of “You gotta be shitting me! Is this really my life?” But it’s a sports film at heart and a rather good one at that, all plucky underdog right hooks and tragic, humiliating falls. In a way, it’s also a film about movies, too. Coming from decorated Québécois filmmaker Philippe Falardeau, it is the true life story of Chuck “The Bayonne Bleeder” Wepner, the man who fought Muhammed Ali after the champ
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Venice Film Review: ‘The Bleeder’

Venice Film Review: ‘The Bleeder’
“There’s more to you than meets the eye, Chuck. Not much more, but just enough.” This highly qualified compliment is directed on screen at the bedraggled hero of “The Bleeder,” but it could just as easily apply to the film itself. Hitting many familiar, grainy biopic beats in its portrait of little-remembered heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner, said to be the real-life inspiration for “Rocky,” Philippe Falardeau’s film actually picks up when it retires from the ring. As it ditches the expected underdog arc for a compassionate anatomy of an all-purpose loser, “The Bleeder” overcomes its slightly put-on 1970s Joisey grit to become quite affecting — thanks in no small part to the self-punishing commitment of leading man and producer Liev Schreiber. Mild theatrical potential won’t change Wepner’s status as a mere footnote to Rocky Balboa’s fictitious triumph, but the pic should punch its weight in ancillary.
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Trailer Watch: Stephen Elliott’s After Adderall

“What’s the difference between a memoir and life?” “I’m an agent, not a philosopher.” That’s writer/director/actor Stephen Elliott quizzing his agent, played by James Urbaniak, in After Adderall, the director’s feature-length, rapid-response to the strange experience of having his memoir turned into a movie starring James Franco. Elliott has assembled a great cast, including Michael C. Hall and Lili Taylor alongside numerous authors playing themselves (Jerry Stahl, Susan Orlean, Michael Cunningham). The film is currently being submitted to film festivals.
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The Best and Worst of Ben Stiller, A to Z

The Best and Worst of Ben Stiller, A to Z
Ben Stiller's professional onscreen career is officially turning 30 this year — that's roughly 412 in comedian years. In a business where funny people tend to quickly exhaust their limited charm and sink from telling jokes to becoming a punchline, the restless and versatile Stiller has managed to sustain one of the most consistent comic careers this side of Bob Hope. From his days as a bit player to his later emergence as a force of nature in front of the camera and behind the scenes (you have his production company Red
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New on Video: ‘Bad Boys’ & ‘Bad Boys II’

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Bad Boys/Bad Boys II

Witten by Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland, and Doug Richardson/Ron Shelton and Jerry Stahl

Directed by Michael Bay

USA, 1995/2003

Say what you will about Michael Bay—and people have said a lot about Michael Bay—the man knows how to make an action movie. Bad Boys, from 1995, his first feature film, and its sequel, from 2003, which is making its Blu-ray debut as part of a 20th anniversary collection from Sony Pictures, are just two notable examples. These films are bursting at the seams with car chases, gunfights, explosions, and more, much more. There isn’t a whole lot beneath the surface, but there doesn’t really need to be. What these two films set out to do, they do very well, and what Bay does best, he does better than anybody. That may not always (hardly ever) be critically acceptable in terms of “quality cinema,
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Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss Enlisted For Boxing Flick The Bleeder

If there was ever any doubt that Hollywood is bringing the boxing film back in vogue – 2015 has already served up Jake Gyllenhaal’s Southpaw, not to mention the soon-to-be-released Creed – one need only look to the genre pieces arriving over the next year or so. Not only can fans look forward to the Miles Teller-fronted Bleed for This, but there’s also The Bleeder, an upcoming drama that focuses on the rip-roaring career of Chuck Wepner.

Picking up the gloves and hand tape as the lead fighter is Liev Schreiber, and Deadline reports that Mad Men alum Elisabeth Moss has boarded the starry project as Wepner’s second wife. She’ll join a cast that includes Naomi Watts – Schreiber’s real-life wife, incidentally – who will play the part of the boxer’s third wife, Linda, with each significant other coming in at a crucial part of Wepner’s life.
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Liev Schreiber To Lead The Bleeder

The story of the everyman who took on Muhammad Ali in a 1975 title fight is being developed for the big screen by the man who highlighted the tale with the 2011 documentary film The Real Rocky. Filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig is writing the script for The Bleeder, along with Jerry Stahl (Bad Boys II) and Michael Cristofer (Casanova), and Deadline reports that Philippe Falardeau (The Good Lie) is taking the helm. In addition, Liev Schreiber is now confirmed as filling the lead role of professional heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner, whose lengthy and notable career led to his acquisition of the nickname The Bayonne Bleeder.

The former U.S Marine had a mixed record in terms of successful appearances in the ring, when he got a shot at challenging the already legendary Muhammad Ali for the world’s Heavyweight title – a match that took place on March 24th 1975, at the Richfield Coliseum in Richfield,
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‘Ray Donovan’s Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts To Star In Chuck Wepner Underdog Ring Saga ‘The Bleeder’

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‘Ray Donovan’s Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts To Star In Chuck Wepner Underdog Ring Saga ‘The Bleeder’
Mandalay Sports Media and Campbell Grobman Films will begin production this month in New York on The Bleeder, with Ray Donovan‘s Liev Schreiber to play heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner, and Naomi Watts to play his wife Linda. Philippe Falardeau, the Canadian helmer of The Good Lie and the Oscar nominated Monsieur Lazhar, is set to direct a script written by Jeff Feuerzeig & Jerry Stahl and Michael Cristofer. Schreiber, coming off his third season as the title character in…
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Schreiber, Watts Team For "The Bleeder"

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Liev Schreiber and his wife Naomi Watts are set to play heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner and Chuck's wife Linda respectively in "The Bleeder" for Mandalay Sports Media and Campbell Grobman Films.

The story follows the New Jersey liquor salesman and boxer who at age 35 got a shot to fight Muhammad Ali right after the infamous 'Rumble in the Jungle' bout. The 40-1 underdog Wepner surprised everybody when he became only the third man to knock Ali to the canvas.

Ali got up and pummeled Wepne until the fight ended, but Wepner became a folk hero and an inspiration for Sly Stallone's "Rocky" script. The film will also deal with Wepner's sudden fame and hard partying lifestyle.

Philippe Falardeau ("The Good Lie," "Monsieur Lazhar") helms from a script by Jeff Feuerzeig & Jerry Stahl and Michael Cristofer. Schreiber, Mike Tollin, Carl Hampe, Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman are producing and shooting kicks
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